Masters 2019/2020

Wellington representative teams participate in the National Masters Tournament every year. The 2020 tournament will be held in Christchurch from the 23-29 February 2020. This is New Zealand’s largest domestic hockey tournament on the hockey calendar.

Masters players participate in grades set up to 5 year increments from 35s through to 65s for both Women and Men. To qualify for an age grade bracket, you need to at the required minimum age sometime during the calendar year of the tournament.

Trials & Selections

Trials to represent Wellington will be held for Men and Women teams on the 13 & 20 October 2019. Players can register Expressions of Interest here.

To be eligible for selection, qualification is required by having played in the 2019 Wellington Open Grade Competition and/or played in the 2019 Summer Masters Competition.

WHA realise that some out of region Masters participants do not have their age representation in home associations. Wellington provides an eligibility pathway for these participants for selection through participation in our Masters Summer Competition or participating in the trial.  If selected, all out of region players will be required to complete the guest player form before participation at National Masters Tournament.

Teams can be selected from players participating at the trials and/or during summer masters – plus in some circumstances, when distance does not permit participation in either, selection based on previous form for Wellington teams (this applies to players from previous years that are based overseas or in other NZ regions). Team selectors moderate selections as a group.

If selector negotiation fails, WHA will review and a decision will prevail. Any available Wellington player not selected is free to approach other regional teams for selection.

Teams will have extended training squads to allow for injury management and better training with more players. Players could be selected in the training squad as a non-travelling reserve which means they would not be expected to go to tournament, unless they are asked to replace another player who gets injured during the build up to tournament. If you have any further questions around this don't hesitate to get in contact with

Training Clinics

In the lead up to the National Masters Tournament WHA and the Masters Advisory Group would like to run some Training Clinics at NHS for Men and Women. You may be wanting to get back into hockey after taking a break or current players wanting to up-skill your skills. You can register for the Training Clinics and/or submit your Expressions of Interest for Wellington Masters selection here.

Calling all Women...

WHA only entered two women’s teams in the National Masters Tournament last year and we would like to increase this number for Christchurch if you're looking to make a come back or at the Masters age of 34+ we would love to hear from you!

Key Dates

Training Clinics at NHS

22 September, 29 September, 6 October

Wellington Masters Trials at NHS

Women | 13 October 10am - 12pm 

Men | 13 October 1pm - 3pm

Women | 20 October 10am - 12pm 

Men | 20 October 1pm - 3pm

Squads Named

27 October

2020 National Masters Tournament

23-29 February at Ngā Puna Wai and Nunweek Park Christchurch

Keep up with all the latest on our Wellington Masters Facebook Group and the Hockey New Zealand Masters Group